Before you throw anything away, really think about it. For example, if youâ€™ve finished burning a candle that comes in a big glass jar, donâ€™t waste it. Instead, drain out the leftover wax and use it as storage. This is called â€œupcycling.â€ Upcycling is â€œthe process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.â€
And itâ€™s not just for people who love arts and crafts. These ideas are worth trying (and will make your home a whole lot cooler).
1.) Using an old ladder as a bookshelf.
If you donâ€™t have a spare ladder handy and would like this piece for yourself, visit the Naturally Cre8tive store on Etsy.
2.) Convert folding chairs into a shelf and closet.
3.) Turning an old 2 liter bottle into a broom.
4.) Using old bottles as shades for pendant lamps.
5.) Make a lamp with hot glue and disposable spoons.
6.) Using old skateboard decks to make a childâ€™s picnic table.
7.) Turning a glove into an adorable chipmunk.
8.) Making shelves out of old books.
9.) Turn old bottle caps into cool tea lights.
10.) Convert a discarded piano into a very cool shelf.
11.) Transforming wrenches into wall hooks.
12.) Organizing your cords with used toilet paper tubes.
13.) This sink you can make out of a bicycle.
14.) A portable bagel holder made out of CD/DVD tower case.
15.) Make your wooden fence a little more private with glass marbles.
16.) Put your old computer towers to good use as a mailbox.
17.) Buy packs of cheap hangers to create a room divider.
18.) Create guitar pics out of credit cards (or anything else).
19.) Found another old piano? Turn it into a planter/outdoor fountain.
20.) Convert used light bulbs into oil lamps.
21.) Create a clock out of a bike wheel.
22.) Transform that old drum set into a chandelier.
23.) Use your favorite, old cassette tape as a coin purse.
24.) Cut a bath tub in half to make one of the coolest couches ever.
25.) Use that old, vintage suitcase for a cool chair.
26.) Recycle used wine bottles as a classy chandelier.
27.) If that old TV doesnâ€™t work, transform it into an aquarium.
28.) Make a purse (and many, many other things) out of woven pop tabs.
29.) If you donâ€™t like wearing hats, make them into lamps.
30.) Transform classic tennis rackets into mirrors.
Now, I donâ€™t feel so silly for refusing to throw away every wine bottle Iâ€™ve ever purchased. If I had any talent or time, I could be making chandeliers out of them. Upcycling is good for the environment and good for design.
If youâ€™re not very handy yourself, visit stores on Etsy like Naturally Cre8tive. They have hand-crafted upcycled products that you can buy for your very own.
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